American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

State Advocacy Resources

Health Care Advocacy

Legislating Health Plan Coverage for Hearing Aids for Children, Cognitive Rehabilitation, and Autism Related Services
How to advocate for coverage including real-world examples and success stories.

Health Care Reform
How to advocate for the professions in the changing health care landscape.

Billing and Reimbursement
Information specific to health plans and billing codes.

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI)
All 50 states and the District of Columbia have EHDI laws or voluntary programs that screen hearing.

School-Based Advocacy

School Funding Advocacy
Resources to help members learn about and advocate for increased funding for education. See also school district success stories.

Performance Assessment of Contributions and Effectiveness of Speech-Language Pathologists (PACE)
Advocate for an accountability system for SLPs in schools.

State Common Core Standards
Where does your state stand on the Common Core?

Frequently Asked Questions About How to Work for Change in School Settings
Questions include how to begin, how long it should take to achieve success, and what to do if decision makers are not supportive.

School-Age Hearing Screening
Links to state and federal information, as well as ASHA and other resources.

Other Advocacy Resources

Advocacy in Action: A State Model for Change
This plan was developed for state associations and shows the seven steps for success.

State Action Toolkit
Resources to help advocate for qualified personnel to provide audiology and speech-language pathology services in educational and health care settings.

State-Based Advocacy Networks
ASHA has three networks: SEALs (State Education Advocacy Leaders), SMAC (State Medicare Administrative Contractor) Network, and STARs: State Advocates for Reimbursement.

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